• Why I Hate Moneyball

    Coming in to the 2011 season, Major League Baseball had 9 teams with an Opening Day payroll that was greater than $110 M.  Aside from that fact, those teams all share one thing in common: they have all seen the end to their 2011 seasons. The league championship series matchups will see...

  • One Year Ago: Morton Deserves Another Shot

    One year ago today, Pittsburgh Pirates right handed pitcher Charlie Morton was coming off a disaster of a season.  In 79.2 innings he posted a 7.57 ERA, spanning 17 starts.  Despite the poor numbers, I wrote about how Morton deserved another shot.  I looked at Morton’s 2009 season (good results, minus the...

  • Pirates Have Money to Spend This Off-Season

    Earlier today I posted the early look at the 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates 40-man roster and payroll.  The current estimates, which are far from complete, show that the Pirates are around $30 M, based on the projected decisions with option years, arbitration decisions, and non-tender candidates.  The question is, how much do the...

  • 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates 40-Man Roster and Payroll

    NOTES: All salaries in bold are official All ages are as of the start of the 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates season Players in the minor leagues make $32,500 in their first year on the 40-man roster, $67,300 in their second year, and $97,500 in their third year. Any player with major league service...

  • 2011 Pittsburgh Pirates Estimated Year End Payroll

    The Pittsburgh Pirates finished the 2011 season with an estimated 40-man payroll of $53,441,206, according to Pirates Prospects calculations.  The estimate is based on all announced salaries, estimated salaries, pro-rated salaries based on how much time players spent in the majors and minors, performance bonuses, signing bonuses, and any other contract details...

  • 2011-12 Pirates Prospects Off-Season Calendar

    Keep track of all of the important off-season dates with the calendar below.  Dates include all MLB off-season dates, all dates specific to the Pittsburgh Pirates, as well as important dates for Pirates Prospects.  Information will be added throughout the 2011-12 off-season, leading in to the 2012 regular season. Click on the...

  • What Went Right in 2011

    The 2011 campaign is over and the Pirates have another losing season in the books.  That’s . . . how many in a row?  I dunno, some really large number.  It’s like having ants at your picnic and wondering exactly how many there are.  At least this year was a little different,...

  • What Went Wrong in 2011

    You can’t lose 90 games without a lot of things going wrong.  In the case of the 2011 Pirates, there were some problems that were different, at least for their current front office, and some that were grindingly, depressingly the same.  There were also some problems that maybe had a silver lining. ...

  • 2011 Pirates Season Recap: Progress Was Made

    The Pittsburgh Pirates wrapped their 2011 regular season up last night, finishing with a loss to the Milwaukee Brewers, and dropping to a 72-90 record.  The record marked their 19th consecutive losing season in a row, which was frustrating for a lot of Pirates fans after the team reached first place in...

  • Translating the Attendance Increase to Potential Payroll

    Back in February, there was a big stir in the Pittsburgh media started from an interview on this site.  In our pre-season interview with Frank Coonelly, the Pirates’ President made the following comment: Kevin: Would the Pirates be able to afford a $70M to $80M payroll, in present-day worth, if this current group...

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